Manufacturing Shoulder Injury Accidents
Manufacturing is one of the most physically strenuous fields within which one can work. The fabrication of metals, plastics, and other materials and goods is dangerous labor. Often this requires the lifting and carrying of awkwardly shaped or heavy items around the production floor, and this seemingly simple act can expose a worker to heightened risk of injury. The shoulders are an essential component of any lifting motion as they are involved with both elevation and rotation of an object.
If unsafe working conditions or a co-worker’s negligence caused you to sustain a lifting injury, you may be able to pursue a legal action for financial compensation to address the costs associated with your injury. Contact the Raleigh manufacturing injuries lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 to gain the benefits of experienced and dedicated legal counsel.
Types of Shoulder Injury
Unlike arms or legs, shoulders do not exist as an independent extremity, so it is easy to forget about them when considering potential workplace injuries. But they are essential to the performance of many manufacturing-related tasks, so an injury can lead to the loss of substantial income and may require extensive medical treatment. Some shoulder injuries that can be caused through overexertion or a motion that defies the intended track of movement include:
- Torn rotator cuff
- Dislocated shoulders
Every worker who sustains an injury as the result of performing any duty related to work can claim workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who may have been at fault for the incident itself. That being said, if you have sustained a shoulder injury as the result of lifting something at work, you need to report your injury to your employer as soon as you are able, within 30 days of the accident. It should be noted, however, that there are circumstances under which you may not be eligible to file a claim—for instance, if it can be proved you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it may not be possible for you to make a claim. In any event, you should contact an attorney to discuss your ability to access workers’ comp benefits.
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, you will be able to bill any care that you require to your employer’s workers’ comp insurer. On top of that, it may be possible for you to claim a portion of your wages, travel expenses associated with your care, and a number of other benefits that are dependent on the situation. Though this process may seem relatively straightforward, it will be in your best interests to consult with an attorney who can help you make sure that you are being treated fairly.
Consult with a Shoulder Injuries Attorney in Raleigh
If you injured your shoulder while lifting something at work and you are in the manufacturing industry, you should reach out to a lawyer who can help you pursue every form of compensation that may be available to you. At Scudder Seguin, PLLC, our legal team has over 30 years of collective experience to draw upon, and the size of our firm allows us to provide our clients with the kind of personal and hands-on attention they deserve. To speak with one of our attorneys about the particulars of your case, please call our offices in Raleigh at (919) 851-3311 today.